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MEDIA ADVISORY: East Hartford Public Schools partner with Town and Community on Working Cities Challenge

East Hartford, CT, October 5, 2017 – East Hartford has been selected to participate, competing with nine other towns and cities across Connecticut, in the Working Cities Challenge.  Developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, this Challenge is a multiyear, multistate funding initiative that is designed to foster economic growth in smaller industrial cities in New England, with community based efforts to tackle social and economic challenges.

The East Hartford Working Cities Challenge Team has been working on a design to meet the specific economic and social challenges of the Silver Lane Community.  Key partners have been the Town of East Hartford, the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, CT Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), the Department of Labor, Goodwin College, Hall Keen Management of Summerfield Townhomes, and other key industry leaders and residents.  “We are very excited about how this project has truly brought various sectors together and the collaboration we have already realized in the initial stages.  In East Hartford, we know that working effectively is working together.  When we improve communities, neighborhoods, homes, and living rooms, kids win!  We are thrilled to be a part of the Working Cities project and look forward to the next step in the process,” said Nathan Quesnel Superintendent of East Hartford Public Schools, the lead agent of the Initiative. 

On Thursday, October 5 at Silver Lane Elementary School at 15 Mercer Avenue, East Hartford, CT 06118 beginning at 6 pm there will be a Community Meeting to update the Community about what the East Hartford Team has been working on.  The Superintendent of schools alongside other leaders and residents will update attendees on strategies the team has developed and hope will be selected for implementation.  Attendees of the October 5 event and all residents are encouraged to participate in a community survey about employment and education experiences that can be accessed online at: www.bitly/2uCwg2R.  Everyone who attends the October 5 event will be entered to win raffle prizes given away throughout the night.  For more information, please contact Paul Mainuli, Director of Business Services for the East Hartford Public Schools at 860.622.5135.